Archive for November, 2006

November 30, 2006

Pensacola, Florida

From the Pensacola News Journal of November 30, 2006

Shooting could be self-defense

Man’s death may not result in charges under ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

An assistant state attorney said it appears the shooting death of a 47-year-old Pensacola man in a home off Langley Avenue may have been justified in self-defense.

No charges have been filed in Tuesday’s incident. Marilyn Caraway, 53, called 911 shortly after 6:30 a.m. and told Escambia County sheriff’s deputies she shot her ex-boyfriend, Johnny Ray Clark, in self-defense.

Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille said his office will make the final determination whether the shooting was justified once the Sheriff’s Office investigation is complete.

“It is then that charges, if any, will be filed,” Marcille said. “At this point, it appears the shooting will be justifiable.”

Sgt. Mike Ward, Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said investigators are looking into whether the shooting happened in self- defense.

“It’s probably going to be a while before we know,” Ward said.

When deputies arrived at Caraway’s residence in the 6300 block of Langley Place, they found Clark on the back screened-in porch, shot once in the chest with a high-caliber handgun.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ward said once Sheriff’s Office investigators complete their investigation it will be reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office.

If it is proved that Caraway was acting in self-defense, she likely will be protected under Florida’s Stand Your Ground laws, which allow the use of deadly force to defend against forcible unlawful entry or attack.

These laws eliminate a person’s duty to retreat from an invader or assailant in certain cases before resorting to the use of deadly force.

“It appears (Caraway) was put in a position of fear,” Marcille said. “This seems to be a fairly simple case that can be handled in a fairly short period of time.”

Ward said further information on the shooting could not be released because the investigation is ongoing.


November 30, 2006

Newburgh, New York

From the Middletown Times Record of November 29, 2006

Shotgun blasts stop home invasion

An old farmhouse in a residential part of the Town of Newburgh near Orange Lake was the scene of a wild home invasion in which ski-masked intruders were turned back by shotgun blasts that ripped through walls and panicked neighbors.

Police were called to 706 Gardnertown Road Monday night around 8 p.m. in response to reports of gunfire. The owners of the house, a couple in their 20s, said at least three men, possibly Hispanic or light-skinned blacks, burst through their backdoor, pistols drawn. One gunman held the man to the ground, while the others headed upstairs, where the couple’s tenant rents a room.

The tenant grabbed a shotgun and fired several times, police said, narrowly missing his landlord. It is unknown if any of the intruders were hit.

Lt. Michael Clancy said neighbors reported seeing the intruders flee the house, firing back at its occupants. None of the home’s occupants was injured.

November 30, 2006

Lynchburg, South Carolina

From Columbia’s of November 29, 2006

Lynchburg man who shot father found not guilty

A Lee County man accused of shooting his father has been found not guilty.

It happened back in July at Mister C’s in Lynchburg.

Authorities say Charles Nelson, Sr. and Charles Nelson, Jr. got into a physical fight, when the son shot his dad.

Both men were taken to the hospital.

The defense argued that Nelson, Jr. shot his dad in self-defense.

November 29, 2006

Porter, Texas

From November 29, 2006 KHOU channel 11:

Montgomery County officials are searching for an armed man responsible for an aggravated robbery.

It happened at a home in the 19000 block of Laurette Drive in Porter, Texas just after midnight Wednesday.

That’s east Montgomery County.

A 61-year old victim told deputies the armed and masked man approached him outside his home at around 12:30 Wednesday morning and demanded money.

The gunman reportedly forced the victim inside his home and held him and two others at gunpoint until they gave the suspect money.

The suspect then ran away, that’s when, officials say, the homeowner shot at the suspect.

Deputies believe the suspect was shot because blood was found at the scene.

No one else was hurt.

November 29, 2006

Charlotte, North Carolina

From November 29, 2006 WSCO TV channel 9:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Homicide detectives are combing the scene of a deadly overnight shooting in west Charlotte.

Police say a cab driver shot and killed a man who robbed him around 3 a.m. Wednesday on Columbus Circle.

Investigators say the driver called for help over his radio, but before help arrived, the two men started fighting and the cab driver fired a shot.

The robber was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not said if charges will be filed.

November 29, 2006

Duquesne, Pennsylvania

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of November 28, 2006

Duquesne man cleared of homicide

A resident was acquitted yesterday in a non-jury trial for the fatal shooting of his sister’s boyfriend June 11.

Lamont D. Thompson, 24, faced one charge of homicide in the death of Vernon S. Johnson, 24.

Allegheny County homicide detectives said the victim became irate while visiting his two children at the residence Mr. Thompson shared with his sister in the Duquesne Place Apartments.

Witnesses testified that Mr. Johnson grabbed the mother of his children, who was and is still pregnant with their third child, and held a .357 caliber revolver to her neck. Mr. Thompson, who had a permit for a gun, shot Mr. Johnson of Braddock.

Judge Cheryl L. Allen ruled Mr. Thompson was not guilty and said he may be released.

November 29, 2006

Miami, Florida

From the Miami Herald of November 27, 2006

Thursday not a thankful day for four men

A robber used a lighter resembling a pistol to steal a man’s wallet — only to be shot by his victim, who was armed with a gun that was real.

Delbert Leroy Wells, 40, the would-be robber, lingered for two weeks at Jackson Memorial Hospital before succumbing to his wounds on Thanksgiving Day.

On Nov. 8, Miami police say, Wells was driving a white Dodge when he pulled up to the car of Patrick Laguerre on Northwest 75th Street and North Miami Avenue at about 12:20 a.m. He asked for directions.

As Laguerre was responding, Wells pulled out a nickel-plated lighter made to look like a gun.

Laguerre gave him some loose dollars, ”but [Wells] wanted more,” according to a police report. Wells searched his pockets, fished through his wallet and got back into his own car.

But the wallet was empty.

Wells ”became irate, aiming the handgun at the victim, stated he was going to shoot,” the police report said.

Laguerre took cover back in his own car, grabbed his own handgun and squeezed off three to four rounds.

Mortally wounded, Wells tried driving off. He crashed into a fence. While at Jackson Memorial Hospital, he was charged with armed robbery.

But Wells died on the Thanksgiving holiday — delivering Miami homicide detectives a fresh case. Their investigation of the shooting is now under way.

”It seems the victim was defending himself,” said Miami homicide Sgt. Jose ”Pepi” Granado.

November 28, 2006

Vancouver, Washington

From Portland, Oregon’s of November 28, 2006

Police Investigate Home Invasion, Shooting

Authorities are searching for two men they said were involved in a shootout with a Vancouver homeowner Monday night.

Officers said the homeowner surprised two burglars inside his home on Northeast Benton Drive around 7 p.m. The homeowner told authorities that he confronted the burglars and he exchanged gunfire with the two men.

There were no injuries reported.

The men fled the scene and left in a newer model gray SUV-type vehicle, according to police.

Police said it is unknown how many shots were fired, if the two men were hit or who shot first.

Authorities are investigating a possible connection to the shooting. They said a man walked into a Portland emergency room last night with a gunshot wound.

The incident is under investigation.

November 28, 2006

Coon Rapids, Minnesota

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune of November 28, 2006

Coon Rapids man kills home invader

A man who kicked his way into a home in Coon Rapids was shot and killed by the 73-year-old homeowner late Monday night, according to reports.

The homeowner told police that the suspect, and a perhaps a companion, kicked in his rear garage door in the 11700 block of Bittersweet Street at around 11 p.m., according to reports. The man told police he shot and killed the intruder with a rifle.

Police said the homeowner heard people talking and believes there was a second suspect who escaped. The dead man was not carrying any identification, according to police.

No other information was available.

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press of November 28, 2006

Charges unlikely for Coon Rapids man who shot apparent intruder

A 73-year-old Coon Rapids man who shot and killed an apparent intruder Monday night “appears unlikely” to face charges, a top Anoka County investigator said today.

The resident told police he was awakened to sounds of what he thought was someone breaking into his house on Bittersweet Street in Coon Rapids, sheriff’s Capt. Bob Aldrich said. He grabbed a rifle that he kept in his bedroom around the time a man in his late teens or early 20s entered the room.

“(The resident) fired a single shot, and the suspect was struck in the torso,” Aldrich said. “The suspect was able to stumble or stagger down the stairs and then collapsed near a door. And died.”

Authorities this afternoon were still trying to identify the suspected intruder, described as a man in his late teens or early 20s, Aldrich said.

The resident declined to speak with reporters when he returned home early this afternoon.

County prosecutors will make the final call on whether or not charges will be filed, but Aldrich said police released the resident without booking him.

From LaCrosse’s of February 16, 2007

No charges against Coon Rapids homeowner who killed intruder

Authorities say they will NOT charge a 73-year-old Coon Rapids man who shot and killed a teenage intruder in his home in November.

Gerald Whaley shot 17-year-old Anthony J. Parks with a .22-caliber rifle he kept loaded by his bed after Parks entered his home and appeared in the doorway of his bedroom.

Assistant Anoka County Attorney Bryan Lindberg wrote in a five-page letter to the sheriff’s office that he believed the state would be unable to prove that Whaley broke the law in defending his home.

November 28, 2006

Dayton, Ohio

From Dayton‘s of November 27, 2006
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Clerk/Robber Have Shootout

A robber gets more than he bargained for at a Dayton convenience store. The thief walked into the Express Market on Necco Avenue last night with a gun. Instead of giving him cash, the clerk whipped out his own pistol and the two shot at each other. Officers followed a blood trial over to Kings Mill Court where they found the suspect shot in the shoulder. The clerk wasn’t hit.

From the Dayton Daily News of November 28, 2006

Store clerk involved in gunfight with would-be robber

A store clerk involved in a gunfight Monday night fired straighter than a would-be robber, leaving the man wounded and fleeing into the night.

Police said a man entered the Express Mart, 3999 Necco Ave., about 9 p.m. armed with a handgun. The clerk behind the counter pulled out a handgun of his own and both men discharged their weapons, Dayton police Sgt. Scott Lawson said.

The clerk wasn’t hit, but the robber was shot in his shoulder and ran.

He turned up a little while later at the residence of an acquaintance near Kings Mill Court, a few blocks east of the mart, and called an ambulance to treat his wound.

Police also responded to the call and quickly realized the wounded man was their suspect because he matched the description of the robber — right down to his choice of clothing.

After treatment for the non life-threatening injury at a hospital, the suspect was taken to the Montgomery County Jail, Lawson said.